MAC Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

The Marilyn Monroe collection was originally released in September of 2012 and made another appearance in April of this year… I picked up a few items in April and I do apologize for this being super late, but hopefully you all enjoy taking a peek at some of the things in the Marilyn Collection and I can help you find good dupes!

Pure Zen was also a repromote with this collection, but since it’s also permanent, I did not purchase it with the special Marilyn packaging and will not be reviewing it in this post.

Marilyn Monroe Lipstick Packaging

Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks

As you can see, much like the blushes, the Marilyn Monroe lipsticks have special photos of Marilyn on both the boxes and on the product tube itself. Typically, I’m not a fan of packaging like this but I think this are done in a classy way and I sort of fell in love with them! Many people purchased these for packaging alone but don’t let that keep you from using these lipsticks! They’re really unique colors and worth trying out.

MAC lipsticks apply smoothly, are highly pigmented, and wear for 4-6 hours (depending on texture/formula). MAC lipsticks have a faint, pleasant vanilla scent but no taste. With Matte lipsticks, I suggest wearing something like Prep + Prime Lip underneath… That will keep these from looking or feeling dry and hide any chapped spots on your lips for a smoother application. Primer also helps the lipstick wear longer! Also, as with any lipstick, a liner will help the lipstick wear longer and stay in place without feathering outside your natural lip line. I definitely suggest a liner, especially with bold colors like these!

Since these limited edition lipsticks have special packaging, they sell for $16.50, rather than the usual $15. The Marilyn lipsticks, like other MAC lipsticks, contain 3 g / 0.1 US oz of product.

As I said, this post is a bit outdated, so you’ll be lucky to find these but don’t fall into the trap of paying $50 for them on ebay!! I’m going to do my best to find good dupes so you don’t have to do that!

Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks 1

Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks 2

Marilyn Monroe Lipstick Labels

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Charmed, I'm Sure

Charmed, I’m Sure

Charmed, I'm Sure

Charmed, I’m Sure

Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Photo taken indoors with natural sunlight + light from my OttLite makeup mirror.

Charmed, I’m Sure:   This is described as a “dark true red” and has a Matte finish. It’s a dark red with slightly cool undertones (which make teeth look whiter). It gave me 6+ hours of wear before fading. For about the first hour of wear this lipstick has a soft sheen, which fades into a true matte finish later on. I also found that this left a hint of a stain. Charmed, I’m Sure gave absolutely full coverage with little product applied and glided on smoothly… It has a very creamy feel for a Matte!

You can use this with a lot of different liners… For something that matches or is close, you could use MAC Lip Pencils like Brick or Burgundy. If you want more contrast or something darker for a vampy type of ombre lip, I suggest using Vino, Currant, or Nightmoth.

Dupes:   I wish I could think of a permanent lipstick that matches this perfectly but I just can’t! Runaway Red is VERY close… Maybe a little deeper. It was limited edition but released with both MAC Me Over in Fall of 2011, Shop MAC, Cook MAC in Spring of 2012, as well as Making Pretty in Winter of 2012… So if you happen to have Runaway Red, I see no need to go hunting down Charmed, I’m Sure! Riri Woo with Brick Lip Pencil layered underneath is also a close dupe!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Deeply Adored

Deeply Adored

Deeply Adored

Deeply Adored

Deeply Adored on Lips

Deeply Adored:   Deeply Adored is a “deep scarlet” with a Matte finish. It’s a dark, but bright, cool toned red. Although it’s a Matte, which usually give full coverage, I feel like there’s some sheerness with this lipstick… It just doesn’t seem 100% opaque. Deeply Adored does have great color payoff, though, and has that soft sheen that gradually fades into a true matte finish. I did get a little over 6 hours of wear with Deeply Adored and it left a soft stain even after it wore off.

For liners, I suggest nearly the same ones that you can use with Charmed, I’m Sure… Although since Deeply Adored seems slightly sheer, you can use Cherry liner to brighten it up if you like.

Dupes:   MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipcreme Lipstick is very similar to Deeply Adored, although not as bright.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Love Goddess

Love Goddess

Love Goddess

Love Goddess

Love Goddess

Love Goddess

Love Goddess:   This is a “mid-tone pink red” with a Satin finish. It definitely looks deeper and more red in the tube than it does on the lips… It’s a bright, medium-dark, pinkish red with cool undertones. For a Satin, this gave me extra long wear time of 6 hours and kept the satiny sheen all but about the last hour or so. Love Goddess has amazing color payoff and coverage and feels extra smooth.

For a liner, I suggest Cherry Lip Pencil if you want to bring out the red. If you want to make it more pink, More to Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil or Beet Lip Pencil would work well. You could also use Burgundy or Brick if you want to deepen Love Goddess, or Currant, Vino and Nightmoth to make darker, more ombre lip.

Dupes:   I can’t think of any perfect dupes for Love Goddess, although I did have some luck when I layered Impassioned over Ruby Woo or Cherry Lip Pencil!

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis:   Scarlet Ibis is a “bright orange red” with a Matte finish. This is a repromote and has been  released previously with the Iris Apfel collection in Winter 2011. It’s a medium-dark, very bright, warm toned orange red. It has a soft sheen for about the first hour of wear, then fades to a true matte. I got 6 hours of wear with Scarlet Ibis and fully opaque coverage. Like most of MAC’s recent Matte lipsticks, Scarlet Ibis has a creamy texture and glides on easily.

For liners, you can play up either the red or the orange… For extra long wear, you can try MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils in Kiss Me Quick to bring out the red, or What a Blast to bring out the orange. For basic Lip Pencils, Redd is a good match since it’s a yellow/orange based red. You can also use Ablaze if you have that (it was limited edition), or Entertain Me (also limited edition)… Both of those will bring out the orange.

Dupes:   Lady Danger is close but slightly more red and deeper. You can always mix it with Morange and those two seem to create Scarlet Ibis! Sail la Vie from Hey Sailor is also very similar, but a but more shiny.

Overall Rating:   5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   5

Packaging:   5

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